It is time once again to catch up on what happened last week with the many players that Chelsea currently have out on loan. Starting in...
It is time once again to catch up on what happened last week with the many players that Chelsea currently have out on loan.
Starting in England and the Premier League, Victor Moses did not make it off the bench for Liverpool in their 3 - 0 win over Southampton. There was better news for Romelu Lukaku who made his return from injury after missing 4 games, he came off the bench with 30 minutes to go and grabbed the winner for Everton with a smart finish inside the box. That is only his second goal in 10 appearances so he will be hoping to get back to scoring ways quickly. Our latest Premier League loanee Ryan Bertrand is getting himself some valuable game time starting every game since moving to Aston Villa and played a big part in their 4 - 1 win over Norwich.
In the Championship Todd Kane still struggles for starts at Blackburn and has done since December, this week coming on for the last 17 minutes of Blackburns 4 - 0 loss to Bolton. Derby continue their push for promotion with the help of Patrick Bamford but came unstuck this week in their second versus third clash and lost 2 - 0 to Burnley, Bamford started as a sub and came on with 29 minutes to go but could not score. He has though already got 5 goals from 5 starts for Derby. Josh McEachran unfortunately is still finding it hard to get the minutes on loan and did not come off the bench for Wigan's win over Nottingham Forest with only 1 start and to substitute appearances since his move he needs to get more minutes soon. At Middlesbrough both Omeru and Chalobah are becoming regular starters and both started this week against Sheffield Wednesday as they lost 1 - 0/
Finally for England and into League 1 with George Saville and Brentford who are looking to fight for automatic promotion still were away to Carlisle and the game finished 0 - 0 and Saville played the full game. Milan Lalkovic and Walsall had 2 games this week both away from home and they lost both 2 - 1, the games were against Preston and Coventry and Lalkovic started both games but was unable to help his team win either game.
Meanwhile over in La Liga we start with Thibaut Courtois and Atletico Madrid who continue to have a very good season and are still in contention for the title. This week saw Courtois face off with Real Madrid which not only now is a Madrid derby but also a potential title decider. In the end it finished 2 - 2 with Courtois conceding from Ronaldo late of to deny Atletico the win. Meanwhile Marko Marin again did not get off the bench for Seville in their win over Sociedad but will be hoping for some more appearances before the end of the season. Oriol Romeu continues to suffer from injury and has not played for Valencia now for their last 6 games. In the Spanish second division Ulises Davilla has not made it off the bench for the last 2 game for Cordoba.
Elsewhere in Europe and our Dutch brothers in Vitesse continues to see them return to winning ways after a few disappointing results. This week they ran out 3 - 0 winners at home to Roda. There was no Van Aanholt who continues to serve a suspension but Christian Atsu started the game and both Piazon and Traore came off the bench, none of the Blues players got on the scoresheet however. Elsewhere in Holland and Stipe Perica did not make the squad for NAC Breda's game against Den Haag which finished in a 1 - 1 draw. In the Dutch second division Christian Cuevas is finally getting games since leaving Vitesse for FC Eindhoven and this week started for them in their 2 - 1 defeat to PSV's B team.
The younger Hazard brother Thorgan has not been having the same impact for Waregem since the incident with him possibly going to Anderlecht and has not scored now in 13 games, he continues to play however and started in their 2 - 2 draw against Beveren. Wallace continues his pointless loan in Italy and did not even make the bench for Inter's game against Roma which finished in a 2 - 2 draw. At Lazio Gael Kakuta continues his loan struggles as he did not make it off the bench for Lazio's 1 - 0 win over fiorentina and Kakuta has only played for 22 minutes so far since his move there. In France Kurt Zouma was on the bench for St Etienne for the second week in a row only coming on for the last minute in their 2 - 0 win over big spenders Monaco. Their was no game for Billy Clifford and Antwerp this week as their game was suspended. Finally and Mario Pasalic played the full 90 minutes for Hajduk Split in their 3 - 0 win this week.
Only the one goalscorer this week in the form of Romelu Lukaku and there is a full fixture list this week with plenty of action to cover, Lukaku's game against Arsenal probably the most interesting.